Maria Abranches


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Personal profile


I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, where I also worked as an associate lecturer and tutor, until I joined DEV in July 2014. Before moving to Sussex I worked for several years as a professional researcher and consultant in academic and non-academic sectors in Portugal, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the High Commission for Migration in Lisbon. I have also worked continuously as a professional trainer in migration-related issues, in public and private non-profit organisations.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research is mainly concerned with migration and material culture. I have worked for many years in Lusophone Africa (Guinea-Bissau and Angola), where I looked at the social and cultural aspects of food, and their integration in economic life. More recently I have started researching migration in the UK, and I became interested in the use of photography and creative writing, and in arts-based methods of research more genereally. My work has involved a combined use of visual and oral narratives in the study of racism, political attitudes and social inequalities in the context of Brexit in Great Yarmouth, and I am currently involved in a ESRC-funded international research project on Coastal Transformations (, where I coordinate the WP on Heritage in the East Anglian region of the UK, looking at experience, discourse and performance in people's memories of the past. I also coordinate a Museum-University partnership, funded by the Arts Council, that explores issues around migration in Norfolk through a combination of arts and research.


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